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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

Mar 31, 2018 10:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (3:39)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island were between 39 and 42 degrees, slightly warmer than last week.

William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman the state of New York has extended until May 1 the deadline for public comments on Amtrak’s plan to block the use of access roads near the train tracks on the east side of the Hudson River. Amtrak’s plan calls for keeping all existing authorized access points in Dutchess and Columbia counties, but blocking other roads traditionally used by fishing enthusiasts to access the river. “This project will deter a train [collision] with either a vehicle or human being and promote the well being of the general public by restricting pedestrian and vehicular traffic along the Amtrak right-of-way,” the company said in a written statement. The proposal calls for fences and/or gates along sections of the tracks in Rhinecliff, Rhinebeck, Tivoli, Germantown, Stockport and Stuyvesant. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Rhinebeck Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia and Tivoli Mayor Joel Griffith have all expressed concerns about the Amtrak plan. In Columbia County, several popular fishing locations would be blocked by the fencing, including those in Germantown and Stuyvesant. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

Adam High in The Cornell Sun reports that scientists have discovered a new species of Hudson River oyster that could help clean up the waterway. Researchers from the Hare Lab in Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources found a previously unknown species of wild Hudson River oysters near the Tappan Zee Bridge. Few wild populations of oysters have survived the pollution put into the Hudson River in the last few centuries. The filter feeders clean waterways, and wild oysters have stronger genetics than hatchery-bred oysters now being placed into the Hudson River to help clean the water. Read the full story in The Cornell Sun.

U.S. News and World Report has a story about the annual Hudson River eel count. The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for volunteers again this year for The Hudson River Eel Project. Each year, volunteers do a census on the population of tiny, transparent fish known as "glass eels" that swim into North American estuaries along the Atlantic coast after hatching in the Sargasso Sea. Click on the link to the DEC's American Eel Research website for more information.